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June 02, 2009

Is There life After Google?

Goggle has become so common that it has become a verb - it has become a truism to say that we can "google it". But there are search engines that do more...

...and more specific searches than the almost almighty Google.

One is named CUIL. (Yes, it is pronounced the way it is spelled). You can see details here - http://www.cuil.com/info/. According to their website, CUIL scans more, much more than competing search engines "three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft".

Also from their website - "Cuil is an old Irish word for knowledge".

And yes, Microsoft has a new search engine. It is called BING and has just been released. Microsoft is scheduled to spend 100 million dollars to make sure we notice it. Among other new features to outflank Google, we will be seeing Quick Tabs in the Explorer Pane and subcaetgories which will feature "Related Searches" and a "Search History" of your most recent search terms.

Bing allows you to search for videos across the web by length, screen size, resolution, and source. Their data base includes content providers Hulu, YouTube, ESPN, MTV and of course MSN. (For those teachers who read this, be sure to check out videos by Taylor Mali - a performance artist who has also been an eighth grade teacher).

I love scanning the web for encouragement and inspiration. Let us know of any of your favorite sites!

Later this spring and summer I'll be hosting some contests where I'll be giving away books and CDs. Stay tuned here - and send me some of your suggestions for great books, music or professional gatherings that help with language learning!

My best to you,

Morf

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

In June I want to welcome readers to present thoughts on the ideal job. What do you most want to do? Where would you like to be? Who would you want to work with? Does anyone have an ideal work schedule?

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf currently teaches English and writing for a local technical/vocational college with many international students. Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else likes and riding his bicycle in unlikely and ridiculous situations.

Posted by mmorf at June 2, 2009 11:15 PM

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